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What is the anti-asthma diet?

Posted on 05 November 2016

Yes, there is such a thing. The link between the disease and diet has been studied by leading scientists for more than a decade.

Scientists advise five healthy eating principles that may help reduce asthma symptoms or avoid the disease entirely. They're intended to be an addition to - not a substitute for - the advice or treatment from your child's doctor. Bonus: The same nutrition suggestions also protect your child against obesity, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes.

1. Fruits and vegetables

Based on Dr. Seaton's research city or rural kids who consumed the least vegetables and milk were two to three times more likely to develop asthma or allergies than kids who ate the most. (Anthony Seaton, M.D., a professor of environmental medicine at Aberdeen University Medical School in Scotland.) Vegetables seem to clean up their immune system. For more details on how this may work please click here.

2. Vegetables every day

Increase your little one's vegetable intake to three servings daily to ease the pressure of convincing them. For kids 1 to 6, a serving is one tablespoon for each year of age. For older children, figure on half a cup cooked veggies or one cup raw greens such as lettuce. For ideas on how to make them eat the vegetables click on the link further above.

3. Milk increases airflow

Kids who got more calcium from food were less likely to wheeze. And calcium-rich milk reduced asthma. This was clear from a research conducted by the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC). Make sure that your child meets her daily calcium and magnesium requirements from food. For more information on the right amount for your child's age check out the link above.

This tends to be disputed a lot so I am not claiming to be correct only summarising an interesting article. 

4. Fish, Canola Oil and Walnuts

Children require two kinds of polyunsaturated fats, omega-6 and omega-3, for the best growth and development. Corn, sunflower, and safflower oils, used in commercial cookies, chips, cakes, and salad dressings, are rich in omega-6s. Fish, canola oil, and walnuts supply the most omega-3s. When in balance, these two fats help kids' immune systems fight off disease. The best ratio of omega-6s to omega-3s is 2.5 to 1. For more information on this click on the above link.

5. Cut Trans Fats

According to the ISAAC study the asthmatic children, it turns out, ate more margarine (high in trans fat and omega-6s) and less butter (low in omega-6s and free of trans fat) than healthy kids. Slow down on the fast food!

For more detail on the above click here to read the full article. 

Useful list

Here is a list from keeperofthehome.org written by a mum, Jessica Smartt whose son has asthma. For more tips on eating click here to read her full article. 

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODS INCLUDE:

  • berries and grapes
  • nuts and seeds, such as almonds, walnuts and sunflower seeds
  • nutbutters (made from the above nuts)
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • sweet potatoes
  • kiwi
  • seafood high in Omega-3s, such as salmon, tuna and cod
  • hemp seeds and flax seeds
  • spices, such as garlic and ginger
  • turmeric (which you can add to chicken broth or sprinkle over roasted vegetables)

Some foods are actually inflammatory, which means they increase inflammation in the body. (Think: that yucky “food” I fed my son in the store that provoked an asthma attack.)

HERE ARE SOME INFLAMMATORY FOODS:

  • high-fructose corn syrup
  • sunflower, safflower and corn oil
  • fatty meats
  • sugar
  • conventional eggs
  • dairy products
  • aspartame, MSG and food dyes
  • any food you to which you are allergic or intolerant

 

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